Human Development Report 2023/24 Republic of Korea Launch

Breaking the gridlock: Reimagining cooperation in a polarized world

May 12, 2024


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The latest Human Development Index update emphasizes the significant repercussions of mishandling interdependencies, notably seen in climate change impacts and escalating global conflicts. Despite acknowledging our interconnectedness, addressing these shared challenges proves elusive, intensifying a 'global gridlock' fueled by polarization. To spur progress, the Human Development Report 2023/24 “Breaking the gridlock: Reimagining cooperation in a polarized world” advocates focusing on bridging agency gaps, mitigating polarization, and establishing innovative frameworks for global public goods. 

Aligned with these directives, panel sessions will explore themes such as confronting global polarization and crafting resilient financing structures for global public goods. These discussions aim to offer actionable insights and strategies to navigate the complexities of our uncertain times effectively.

The Korea launch of 2023/24 HDR will be hosted in Seoul on 23 May 2024 by UNDP Seoul Policy Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Korea University, and UNDP's Human Development Report Office. Key findings will be shared, bringing together an expert panel who will discuss the report from various perspectives.


Event Details

23 May 2024, 10:00AM - 12:00PM (Seoul time, GMT+9)


Simultaneous interpretation (ENG ↔ KOR) will be provided. 한↔영 동시통역이 제공됩니다.
Welcoming speech
  • Anne Juepner | Director, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre
Opening speeches
  • Ki-hwan Kweon | Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • Jung-Sun Han | Dean of College of International Studies (CIS) and Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University
Introduction of Human Development Report 2023/24
  • Pedro Conceição | Director of UNDP Human Development Report Office and Lead Author of Human Development Report
Panel presentation and discussion
  • Reshaping global finance: New financial mechanisms to reshape global interdependence, including how to trigger global finance to move towards poorer countries.
  • Achieving climate stability: From foot-dragging to crowding-in - reframing planetary challenges through a global public goods lens.
Q&ASpeakers + audience
Panel presentation and discussion
  • Promoting international cooperation and multilateralism: Promoting development cooperation and multilateralism to contribute to the provision of global public goods - ODA and beyond.
  • Dialing down polarization by addressing the agency gap and tackling misperceptions: Dialing down polarization by enhancing people's voices in deliberation and tackling misinformation/misperceptions.
Q&ASpeakers + audience
Panel closing remarksAll speakers


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